Enea Bastianini and Pecco Bagnaia a winning couple in the Ducati factory box, but together they risk creating sparks.
Ducati has always been on the podium since the 2021 Aragon GP with at least one of its riders, for 26 races in a row a Desmosedici GP has always crossed the finish line in the top three. A demonstration of how strong and valid the Borgo Panigale project is, which will put a prototype in the hands of Enea Bastianini with which he will be able to aim for the world title. In his third season in the classroom MotoGPthe first with the factory team, the almost 25-year-old from Romagna has a great opportunity in his hands.
In the 2022 season he reached the podium six times, with four victories. The first in the debut race in Qatar, then Austin, Le Mans, finally Aragon. Aeneas Bastianini he will be the second arrow in the Ducati arc, he will share the garage with the world champion I’m sorry Bagnaia. His presence in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna, the desire to be at the side of his box mate for the celebration of the world title, is certainly a sign of relaxation. But there were moments of tension between the two during the World Championship now behind us, with the ‘Beast’ who never spared anything from his brand colleague.
Bastianini and Bagnaia couple show
Exemplary what happened at Le Mans, where Bastianini overtook his compatriot a few laps from the end and Bagnaia ended up in the gravel, making up for a hard crash that could have cost him dearly from a psychological point of view. After a long comeback, Pecco confirmed himself as champion of the premier class, Enea snatched third place in the standings at Aleix Espargarò (Aprilia). “It has been a very intense season, full of emotions, we have won four races – said the former pilot Gresini -. Next year I will be in the official Ducati team. It will certainly be a great challenge, but also a great opportunity“.
The seasonal income of the driver from Chivasso is much more substantial, with seven victories and three podiums. From 2023 they will fight on equal terms, both with one Desmosedici GP23 which they will have to test as equals in the first pre-season outings and during free practice. Enea’s goal is to be the protagonist on that stage set up in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna. “We’ll try to win the world title, but it’s always difficult to confirm a fantastic season like this year’s“.
The coexistence with Pecco Bagnaia will have to be constructive, maximum collaboration is needed to carry on the development of the Ducati prototype, but there will be no discounts on the track. Bastianini has always been clear about this and it couldn’t be otherwise in an individual sport like motorcycling. “Certainly there will be sparks, but it will be important to work together“. After all, the box mate won’t be the only rival, the list is quite extensive: at the top Marc MarquezFabio Quartararo, Jorge Martin and Aleix Espargarò, as well as any outsiders.